Steamboat Springs Charges are expected to be filed by the end of the week against a Steamboat Springs couple suspected of running a marijuana growth and distribution operation out of their Old Town home, according to the All Crimes Enforcement Team.
The Steamboat Springs Police Department, called to a party in the 300 block of Ninth Street on Saturday night, found youths drinking alcohol at the house in addition to an extensive marijuana cultivation operation.
ACET Task Force Commander Garrett Wiggins declined to identify the suspects, saying it would be "premature" to release any identifying information. Multiple charges are expected against the husband and wife in the next few days, Wiggins said.
The couple was not home during the party Saturday night, and neither has been arrested in connection with the ongoing investigation.
Steamboat police cited about 15 juveniles at the house for possessing alcohol, Det. Jerry Stabile said Monday. One of them was the suspects' child, Wiggins said.
One of the juveniles at the party was later to found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia, as well, Wiggins said.
In a subsequent search, 13 pounds of marijuana were confiscated from the home, along with at least 48 marijuana plants in various stages of growth and hallucinogenic mushrooms. There were no signs that mushrooms also were being grown at the house, according to investigators. A search of the property also turned up weighing devices and packaging instruments, Wiggins said.
"Based on some of the things we seized during the search warrant, it's very easy to assume there was a distribution process going on there," Wiggins said.
Though the female suspect has a medical marijuana license, the house contained "about 10 times" what she is allowed to have under state law, Wiggins said.
"For somebody to smoke that amount of marijuana, they'd have a joint in their mouth 24/7," Wiggins said. "It's more than just your personal use type of stuff."
A licensed medical marijuana user can have as much as 2 ounces of usable marijuana and as many as six plants, only three of which can be mature, Wiggins said.
Charges could be filed against the couple as early as today, Wiggins said.
"He's got a real good job, making a lot of money, so I can't understand why he'd risk something like this," Wiggins said.